So many great questions - amazing fun!
Sherborne School, Dorset (2004-2009). Queens’ College, Cambridge (2009-2013).
A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Maths.
University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Airsource, The Incredible Expanding Box.
I’m a first year PhD student.
Queen Mary, University of London.
Favourite thing to do in my job: Building models! As a kid, I loved making things – from Lego spaceships to whole cities from old bits of wood. Nowadays I’m still building things from my imagination, using physics as a guide! But my models aren’t things you can touch. They’re made of maths, which is even cooler!
I work out what happens when you smash particles together really hard, using some weird and wonderful new maths
I’m a physicist – but not as you might imagine. I don’t do experiments, and haven’t even got a white coat or goggles! Instead, I come up with theories. I use maths to predict how tiny particles behave. When you’ve got lots of particles smashing into each other, it gets really complicated. So I have to use some wacky ideas to make the calculations simpler. Once I’ve found something that works, I put it all in a computer and publish the answer!
My Typical Day
A mixture of reading papers, writing down my ideas and chatting to other scientists.
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d put on a science fete, with lots of games, food and drink organised by real scientists!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Ambitious, passionate, creative.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
It feels great every time I work something out that nobody has ever done before!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
When I was 13 I read a book about the Millennium Problems by Keith Devlin – I recommend it!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Now and then.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A musician or a journalist.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
You can’t beat a good pizza!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Conducted a full orchestra and choir.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Conduct the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, perfectly understand black holes, live in a tiny cottage on the cliffs in Cornwall.
Tell us a joke.
Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9.